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How to keep Google Desktop gadgets without the search?

Is there a way to keep Google Desktop without it hijacking Vista's search? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Mar 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Annoying alarm clocks -- just how annoying?

So how well do those weird or annoying alarm clocks actually work? I'm thinking about getting the one that makes you complete a jigsaw puzzle to turn it off, but I'm not sure... [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Mar 20, 2009 - 20 answers

Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer bought in USA? How to use in U.K?

Just returned from fabulous 2 week holiday in New York. I Brought back Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer from Staples costing $230. Unfortunately, I cannot use it in U.K., unless I plug voltage converter/transformer products. Has anyone else bought this set over there with more success? Any advice \ information appreciated. Please specify me What exact voltage converter product to buy & where to buy it from USA online store. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Jan 28, 2009 - 4 answers

I'm a Comcast customer is looking to expand my TV horizons.

I'm a Comcast customer is looking to expand my TV horizons. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Jan 5, 2009 - 10 answers

Suggestions for some puzzling kitchen gadgets?

What are some puzzling kitchen gadgets to mystify my mother-in-law with? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 10, 2008 - 38 answers

What are your ideas for the ultimate internet-enabled home?

I'm putting together a tech wishlist to build the ultimate internet-enabled home (or at least to drool over building it). I'd like your recommendations on the best consumer electronics devices to carry out home-bound computer-related tasks outside the computer (in the same way the Philips VOIP841 phone makes Skype calling simple without a computer). Suggested areas: internet radios, real live news tickers, world thermometers, internet TV boxes, but I'm also interested in whatever other fields you can suggest. Your ideas/experiences welcome, wireless or wired.
posted by scrm on Oct 23, 2008 - 6 answers

Which backpack fits my needs?

I'm looking for a travel backpack with removal daypack that is gadget friendly. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Jun 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Are there any scriptable digital picture frames?

Hey Metafilter electronic hardware folks: I want to set up a digital picture frame that I can control via software on a Linux desktop to toggle between two different images on command. What should I buy? [more inside]
posted by jacobm on May 23, 2008 - 6 answers

Gadget components

Does anyone know a website that takes apart new gadgets to see the components? [more inside]
posted by erd0c on Mar 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Charging while cycling

I'm going on a 10+ day bike ride and want to be able to use my fantastic Nokia 6110 (with built in GPS) and my ipod Nano as long as possible. I bought a cheap solar panel charger on ebay and have found that it's useless. What are the best solutions? So far under consideration are better solar, a spare battery for the phone and emergency chargers that can be recharged when I can get to mains power. The 'name brand' solar chargers around, the solio and the freeloader also have negative reviews. The Freeplay 12V looks cool, but has also got some pretty poor reviews (but at least it looks like it works). What would you recommend?
posted by sien on Nov 28, 2007 - 22 answers

What's the real cost for iTouch?

Teen daughter wants the iTouch for Christmas. Other than the purchase price, what other fees apply? Is this thing gonna cost me a monthly fee to access the Internet--which is what she really wants to do.
posted by sandra194 on Nov 23, 2007 - 12 answers

Belt for GPS tracking and my tiny laptop

I'm currently waiting for my Eee PC and Mologogo phone (a motorola i415) to arrive. These are items I'd like to carry with me very frequently (essentially always), and I call upon the hivemind to help me figure out the best way to do so. [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Nov 19, 2007 - 9 answers

What's next, no potty breaks?

My company just instituted a “no headphones” policy…how can I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2007 - 43 answers

Does my iPhone hate my Sennheiser noise cancelling headphones?

My iPhone and my Sennheiser noise cancelling headphones are not playing nicely. Periodically, I get an annoying buzzing/interference noise when I'm listening to music on my iPhone and have noise cancellation switched on. [more inside]
posted by kathryn on Aug 7, 2007 - 11 answers

What gives with the strap on the foot?

I was hanging out with a U.S. Navy officer. I noticed that he had something unknown to me on his feet... [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jun 21, 2007 - 16 answers

Calling all Q's

Recommendations (and links) for awesome winter clothing and gadgets, especially for living somewhere very cold most of the time? [more inside]
posted by ewkpates on Apr 11, 2007 - 15 answers

Need a UK gadget fix..

Does anyone know a UK supplier for one of these little gadgets?
posted by ascullion on Mar 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Human-Powered Live-Blogging On A Bike In France

Calling all electrical engineers, cyclists and gadget freaks: How can I modify my SON dynamo bicycle wheel hub so that I can use it to power a variety of peripheral devices (cell phone, iPod, GPS, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by piedrasyluz on Mar 6, 2007 - 14 answers

Looking to get a quality disc resurfacing machine...

Tell me all you know about mid- to high-end cd/dvd disc resurfacing machines. I'm in the market and don't know anything. Will be resurfacing 50 - 100 discs per week. Thank you.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Feb 27, 2007 - 2 answers

What products do you think should be modified for disabled?

What product or services (that haven't already been) should be modified for individuals with disabilities -- educational or augmentative toys, games? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Feb 4, 2007 - 11 answers

Best portable musical instrument?

What do you think is the best inexpensive ($50 or less) pocketable musical instrument?
posted by archagon on Feb 4, 2007 - 44 answers

How can I organize my gadgets at home?

I have many gadgets and it's respective chargers and cables, and I hate to have everything around the room. Anyone know a good way to store all the things in a neat way that everything get handly and sorted?
posted by Leech on Jan 22, 2007 - 13 answers

Help me organize my gadgets.

Like any self-respecting geek, I've got a bunch of cool toys I carry around. Each of those toys, unfortunately, comes with a bunch of wires -- chargers, adapters, connectors... Help me keep them organized! [more inside]
posted by jacobian on Jan 15, 2007 - 16 answers

I'd lik-sang THAT for a dollar.

Now that Lik-Sang is dead, where do I turn if I want to import games, or even better, electronic gadgets, computers and such. There was one big site I remember seeing (but, of course, can't remember the URL) that seemed to have quite a few laptops and cameras. Where do you import your gadgetry and games (to the US)?
posted by Merdryn on Dec 23, 2006 - 5 answers

Help me use my Garmin GPS device with my Powerbook

I just bought a Garmin Forerunner 205. I love it, it's neat, wow, awesome. But I use an Apple and the software isn't compatible. Can someone walk me through how I can get my PowerBook to recognize the unit (and download the data) when I plug it in via USB and if there are any programs I can use that are similar to the "Training Center" software included?
posted by tumbleweedjack on Dec 22, 2006 - 7 answers

I'm about five minutes from breaking down and getting a damn typewriter.

As much as I'm sure Ask Metafilter is already sick of being Regular Metafilter's personal shopper this month, gosh if I wouldn't appreciate you helping me buy a PDA. [more inside]
posted by Simon! on Dec 3, 2006 - 13 answers

Toys for the 30-something guy (me).

I'm a single 30-something guy and need some toys to fill out my Xmas wishlist. What are some fun & inexpensive gifts/gadgets/toys that I haven't thought of? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Dec 1, 2006 - 18 answers

How can I organise all my electronic stuff in one place?

I'm looking for a box/cupboard/whatever that can store all my household electronic bits and bobs (ipods, moblie phones, PDA, digital camera etc) in one place without them, the cables and the accessories getting tangled up. I've thought those junk drawer organisers with lots of different sized compartments might work, but they're not big enough and I'd prefer something stand alone. Something that could accommodate a multi-plug socket and hide all the cables would be even better. Any ideas?
posted by janecr on Nov 23, 2006 - 11 answers

Help me get organized.

Help me finally be an organized student. I have all the gadgets, a pocket pc, a razr, 2 laptops and a watch running palm os.... What is a system of organization that can use some or all of these? [more inside]
posted by matkline on Aug 27, 2006 - 24 answers

fm radio + ipod = crazy delicious (?)

Is there some gadget that will allow me to listen to FM radio on my iPod Shuffle? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Jun 13, 2006 - 15 answers

Should I consolidate my gadgets?

Should I consolidate my gadgets? [more inside]
posted by londonmark on Jan 11, 2006 - 10 answers

Who has the best CES coverage?

What's the best site to keep up on announcements/reviews from CES happening right now in Las Vegas? I already read Engadget and Gizmodo.
posted by robbie01 on Jan 4, 2006 - 7 answers

Technology and gadgets in the home.

Home gadgetry. I'm trying to move away from web design and am interested in starting a business related to home technology solutions. [more inside]
posted by masymas on Dec 31, 2005 - 10 answers

Advice -- seeking new food processor.

Food Processors... what can you tell me? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Dec 7, 2005 - 14 answers

No, I don't want to duct-tape an iPod to an XM radio receiver

Gadgetfilter: One portable device that plays mp3's and gets satellite radio. Does it exist? Will it exist in the future? [more inside]
posted by junkbox on Nov 28, 2005 - 11 answers

How to get over gadget paranoia?

How can I become less paranoid/crazy about the condition of my expensive gadgets? [more inside]
posted by icespide on Nov 15, 2005 - 32 answers

How transfer Tivo bits to OSX

I'm a TiVo owner and Mac OSX user, and I'd like to the ability to transfer upcoming (and some currently saved) programs from my Tivo (Series 2, 80hour) to my Mac. I have DSL that comes into an Apple Air Port. What's the best way to do this? (Or is the easiest thing to buy an external DVD recorder on my TV and record stuff that way?) I just want to occasionally share a clip with non-TiVo-owning friends/colleagues that they should see.
posted by mark7570 on Nov 10, 2005 - 5 answers

How to view images in enhanced podcast on iPod nano?

When viewing enhanced podcasts on an iPod nano, is it possible to keep the image enlarged? [more inside]
posted by bruceyeah on Oct 10, 2005 - 3 answers

What's your favorite cell phone?

What's your favorite cell phone? (Taking both form and function into consideration.) [more inside]
posted by o2b on Oct 3, 2005 - 26 answers

Gadget cage match

PSP or Ipod? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Aug 13, 2005 - 44 answers

Cell phone confusion !

What's the best cell phone I can buy right now in the United States that will sync with a Mac? I have some specific wants and am totally perplexed by the world of cell phones. [more inside]
posted by josh on Jul 12, 2005 - 16 answers

guitar effects question

I really like the sound of the intro guitar on Modest Mouse's song "Worm vs. Bird." It's a sort of compressed, almost tubular sound. I am an electric guitar n00b. Is this sound somewhat replicable with a simple pedal purchase, or do I have to go buy some obscure vintage guitar and run it through a tube amp built by elves or something? 30 second snippet from the Amazon [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jul 6, 2005 - 5 answers

Looking for a "MacGyver" bag

Can anyone recommend the best bag for a gadget freak? [more inside]
posted by nightengine on Jun 30, 2005 - 10 answers

Travel Lock Problem

How do I re-set an EasyCheck lock? [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Jun 19, 2005 - 0 answers

m:robe 100 and OS X

Yes, I know that the m:robe 100 isn't *officially* Mac compatible, but it's so sweet looking (fine, fine: "pretty"), that I'm sure somebody has hacked it together to work for the finer 10% of computer users out there... Has anybody had any luck with using the m:robe 100 on a Mac running (specifically) OS X.4.1?
posted by michaelkuznet on May 16, 2005 - 2 answers

Pedometer advice wanted

a) Anyone have a particular make/model of pedometer they like? b) Are they very reliable? I don't mean survey-grade reliable, but even for rough distance estimation? c) Calibration tips?
posted by everichon on May 13, 2005 - 8 answers

Fave iPod accessories?

What are your favorite iPod accessories? (More specific Q inisde) [more inside]
posted by dobbs on May 7, 2005 - 9 answers

Work travel advice, hard learned lessons?

i'm starting to travel a little bit for work soon after many years of only jumping on a plane for holidays to see the family and wondering if the AskMe community has any hard learned lessons they can bestow on the young padawan learner (sp?) that is me? How best to fly with a laptop and a digital slr? Suit case for clothes that won't make me look like i just picked my clothes off the floor (per a normal day)?
posted by joshgray on Apr 27, 2005 - 20 answers

Do I need a voltage converter or just a plug adapter

I'm going to be traveling from the US to Italy and Greece. Do I need a voltage converter or just a plug adapter to power my PowerBook and Minolta battery charger? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Apr 14, 2005 - 8 answers

San Francisco Akihabara?

I'm going to be in San Francisco for a conference from 3/14-->3/18, but sadly not the emerging technology conference. Anyway, I was wondering if there is anything like Japan's Akihabara--some sort of dense flea market with strange gadgets and such, that I might visit. Any sort of robot-themed "performance" involving flammable materials would be cool too, but I've heard that Survival Research Labs isn't allowed to play in the city any longer. In short, what would be some cool geeky/techy things to do while there that might not be available elsewhere and won't land me in jail? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Mar 10, 2005 - 9 answers

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